Forever more, I am going to have two places to call home. Both the drive to Rapid City and back to Minnesota felt like I was returning, rather than leaving!
As always, our visit to Rapid wasn't long enough, but we had a great time and got to see lots of wonderful people. Thursday morning was Monica's Bridal shower with a bunch of beautiful Rapid City Catholic women. This was followed by lunch at Bully Blends and shoe shopping with Monica, Kelley, and Bridget while Grandma took Max and Liam swimming at the Y. In the evening, we went to a Chuckwagon dinner and show- barbecue, beans, cornbread, potato and applesauce all slopped onto a tin plate, and a local group performing an array of country and classic rock hits. Max loved the music (and making piles of gravel on the floor), and I loved watching him dance!
The next day was spent with various visitors swinging by, as is always the case at the Yantes house. I hope that our home can be just like that some day! Golf for the boys and more shopping for the girls took us to the end of the day, a relaxing evening of ice cream and a movie.
Saturday was Max's feast day!! I have so many pictures, this day is going to get a post all to itself. But for a brief synopsis, there were donuts, Matchbox cars, balloons, t-ball, fireworks, bonfire, and FRIENDS! Max had a great day.
Of course, Sunday came too soon. We went to Mass, had a pizza lunch, and then it was time to pack up and move out. It was easier to leave this time, only because we knew we would be back in less than two months for the WEDDING!! Can't wait for that!
It was so great to spend time with all of Max's aunts and uncles (minus Megan- WE MISS YOU!!!!!). Liam is a young man who took great care of Max all weekend, and Patrick is within millimeters of passing Paul up in height (although Paul would want me to add that he can still beat his little brother in both disc golf and regular golf). Kelley got to meet Lucian for the first time, and it was fun to get in on the latest wedding discussions with Monica.
We're counting down the days til we can make the trip again!